The following article was submitted by Karen Collins on behalf of the Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution member Woodie Etheridge Hornburg is scheduled to be honored at the state convention in March for being a 50-year member of the Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter. She joined DAR in 1967, and will be recognized and presented a certificate during the program next month.
Hornburg is a resident of Brackettville.
The Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter members met at El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde on Saturday, Feb. 17, with 22 members and guests present.
Regent Lesley Jones and chaplain Alice Hicks led the ritual and pledges. The program was presented by retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mary Jane Olson, and she gave a most informative and entertaining description of her 24 years of duty in the Army Nurses Corps. She served as an instructor to medical personnel, and told the group how they were trained to handle catastrophic situations as well as routine procedures.
DAR members were reminded in the President General’s message, read by Nancy Baker, to keep up with events of importance by reading their periodical American Spirit and checking DAR online resources.
The National Defense Report, read by Diane Dooley, highlighted the life of Margaret Cochran Corbin, the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service. When her husband, John, fought in the American Revolutionary War, she followed him and took his position firing a cannon when he was injured.
She nursed soldiers on the battlefront and served until she became disabled. She died at age 48, and had several memorials dedicated to her both during her lifetime and after she passed.
Betty Lawrence read an article about George Washington and the risks he assumed when he agreed to be the general of the Revolutionary War. If he had been captured he would have been convicted of high treason by the British, then hanged until nearly dead and burned while still alive.
Lawrence also mentioned that four of our presidents have February birthdays: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.
The March 17 meeting will be a business meeting at 10:30 a.m. at El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, with new officers for the next term introduced. The April meeting will be a field trip to the Garner Field Airport Aviation Museum.
Patsy Edwards of Pearsall won the door prize. Members enjoyed lunch at Oasis Outback following the meeting.
This organization meets on the third Saturday of each month. Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership in DAR.
For more information, contact Lesley Jones at 830-563-2347.